Moulin à Vent, La Rochelle, 2016

  Domaine des Terres Dorées

Darker and more surly, initially, than Brun’s Morgon, but so sensual with it. The palate kicks of with brooding, earthy notes of stone, undergrowth and dark berry fruit. The length and perfect weighting suggest great things to come. A second and third look, and redder fruit and more floral notes start to appear to compliment, rather than dominate the wines distinct minerality and structure. Top class Moulin a Vent, serious yet seamless. Traditional de-stemmed Morgon fermented with wild yeasts and aged in a mixture of concrete vats and used oak barrels.

Contains Sulphites.

About Domaine des Terres Dorées

Owned and run by Jean-Paul Brun since 1977 and situated in the far south of the region, Terre Dorrées, named after the local golden stone found here, has become one of Beaujolais’ pre-eminent traditional Domaines. Jean-Paul aims for the Burgundian method, making wines of beauty and sensuality but with proper age-worthy structures. Viticulture is organic, grapes are de-stemmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts and macerated for 3-4 weeks. The wine is then aged in a mixture of concrete tanks and used oak barrels. These are wines that charm and seduce yet burst with energy and character. Some of the most moreish and complete Beaujolais’ we have ever tasted.

Appellation: Beaujolais

Beaujolais has seen its fair share of ups and downs in recent years yet remains on of the most productive wine regions in France. Home to the Gamay grape, and with it a method of fermentation, that entails whole bunch fermentation, called carbonic maceration. When good these can be some of the most refreshing red wines in the world, often served chilled, and the source of immense pleasure. The wines are typically light and intensely fruity with wonderful acidity and a sense of joyful exuberance not found in other barrel fermented, richer wines.

Grape Type: Gamay

Gamay is found in the Beaujolais where, on granite slopes, it makes wine that cannot be reproduced anywhere else in the world. Thanks to poor winemaking over the last decade and the Beaujolais Nouveau stigma, Gamay has experienced a dip in popularity of late. Unjustly so, for it can produce wines brimming with juicy fruit, and is perfect slightly chilled and drunk alfresco. Gamay is also found in the Loire and in Burgundy, forming a partnership with Pinot Noir to make Bourgogne Passetoutgrains